At our annual meeting in February 2018, the board of Historians of Netherlandish Art voted to change the interval of the HNA Conference to a triennial format. With this change of frequency in view, the board invites members to recommend host cities for its next two conferences, to be scheduled in 2021 and 2024.
Since the 2018 host city is Ghent, and HNA conferences are customarily rotated between America and Europe, preference will be given to host the 2021 conference in America, and the 2024 conference in Europe. However, given the increasingly global aspects of study in our field, the Board will not preclude proposals from other locations in the world besides the United States and Europe.
Please note that local personnel are expected to be the primary organizers of the event. They select the organizational and program committees, choose the conference venue, search for institutional sponsorship, and serve as hosts for the conference. They also liaise with the president of HNA, keeping him/her apprised of developments on the ground. The conference generally takes place in May or June, but an autumn date would be feasible if it coincides with a relevant event or exhibition.
Please explain briefly why the city is being proposed, focusing on these two criteria: first, the presence of institutions such as schools and museums that could host lectures, panels, and workshops; second, the availability of hotels at several price bands and, ideally, student accommodation.
Identify the persons who will head the organizational and program committees. Please include CVs.
Finally, we would also like to know about any events or exhibitions of special interest to our membership, scheduled to take place during the conference.
Interested parties may discuss the general guidelines and expectations for hosting conferences with HNA officers and board members at the HNA Conference in Ghent.
Proposals should be addressed to the President of HNA, Paul Crenshaw (email@example.com). The deadline for submission of proposals is July 1, 2018.